We began with a moment of silence to remember the victims and heroes of 9/11. Students Gianna Tringale and Matt Hoenig provided the historical setting, information, and acts of bravery that define our memory of that day. They recounted the story of the courageous men and women of our armed forces who rallied to defend and continue to defend our nation, and how we as Americans emerged from the chaos of that day exhibiting our strength, resilience, hope, and unity as a nation.
Student Carly Buckley concluded the reflection by reading this poem by Cheryl Sawyer, Professor at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Carley then led the school in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building,
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope,
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno,
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss,
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heroes,
We become one people.
We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.